What do Girl Scouts do when their meetings are canceled because of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus? Set up virtual meetings, of course.
Cadette Troop 6038, of Whitehall, had planned an event for March 17 at Chick-fil-A, on MacArthur Road, to celebrate Girl Scout Week. For this event, the troop planned to set up cookie samples, hold a trivia contest and have materials available to make cards for the military.
Then, Pennsylvania school districts were ordered to close — at that time, for two weeks.
In a press conference March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.
This order took effect 8 p.m. March 30 and will continue until April 30.
According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.
Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.
As the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine added Northampton and Lehigh counties to the stay-at-home order, bringing the state total to 10 counties under the rule.
The order had already included Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
The stay-at-home orders take effect 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.
When it is determined students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have been forced to cancel events and gatherings across the country and around the world. Unfortunately, Catasauqua is no exception to the rule, and Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre has decided to postpone its production of “Cinderella” until 2021.
As the situation with the virus progressed, time- tables changed drastically and CAST’s plan quickly shifted from pushing the show back to June to postponing it at least a full year.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of March 24, confirmed 851 positive cases of COVID-19 in 40 counties.
Locally, there are 27 cases in Lehigh County and 33 cases in Northampton County.
There are 8,643 patients who have tested negative.
There are also seven deaths — two in Northampton and Allegheny counties and one each in Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
Carmine Fusco, 55, is the first victim in both Northampton County and the state to be claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He died March 18 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
Tragically, he is one of four family members who have succumbed to the virus. Fusco’s brother, sister and mother also died recently at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. Three more family members are infected, with two in critical condition, according to reports.
In the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to help ensure connectivity to its customers, as first proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
As part of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Service Electric pledges for 60 days to:
• Not terminate service to any residential or small business due to the inability to pay a bill
• Waive late fees residential or small-business customers incur because of their economic circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.